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The Best Hotels for Shopping in Orlando

Jennifer Greenhill-Taylor | January 04, 2018

Theme parks are the reason most families vacation in Orlando, but some members of the family may be more interested in picking up bargains than in hurtling down a rollercoaster drop or gazing at Cinderella’s Castle. Orlando is known for its bargain outlet malls and its upscale shopping districts. Plenty of hotels in the area are happy to make sure guests get in as much bargain hunting as possible. Here are 10 hotels that are as convenient to shopping as they are to theme parks, ensuring all members of the family are happy with the holiday.


Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City

Why it made the list

At the north end of I-Drive, and within view of Universal, this high-rise hotel is convenient to Orlando International Premium Outlets and the shopping on International Drive and Pointe Orlando. Rooms have free Wi-Fi and the hotel offers free parking, free bottled water, and free coffee.

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Rosen Plaza Hotel

Why it made the list

On International Drive, close to Universal and SeaWorld, the hotel’s name tells you upfront exactly where it is: right across the street from the Pointe Orlando shopping and entertainment district. It’s also just a few minutes south of the Orlando International Premium Outlets. With free parking, no resort fee and shuttles to Universal, the hotel offers a convenient location and great value for money.

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Hyatt Place Orlando/Convention Center

Why it made the list

Just a block from Universal, this hotel is perfectly located for those who want to fill their minds with Harry Potter, and then fill their suitcases with many purchases. Within sight of Orlando International Premium Outlets, where dozens of high-end shops including Ralph Lauren, Coach, Columbia Sportswear, Tommy Hilfiger and more, offer bargain prices.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown

Why it made the list

The name is a mouthful, but it's an accurate description for this hotel, which caters to business-trippers, shoppers, and thrill seekers alike, thanks to a location close to the Universal Orlando entrance and not far from the I-Drive outlet malls and the Mall at Millenia. It's so close to Universal that some of the tower rooms offer views of its roller coasters, plus glimpses of Hogwarts.

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Park Plaza Hotel

Why it made the list

This charming, old-fashioned boutique hotel on Park Avenue in Winter Park is reminiscent of New Orleans, with its fern and plant bedecked balconies overlooking the street. Park Avenue is home to dozens of boutiques, restaurants, and galleries, thus a stroll along the avenue, with rest stops at its plentiful sidewalk cafes, fascinating gardens offers a laid back shopping opportunity.

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Hilton Orlando

Why it made the list

This “official Walt Disney World Hotel” is closer to Disney Springs than any of the actual on-property Disney hotels. From some rooms, guests can watch the tethered hot-air balloon rise, and see the boats carrying passengers across the lake. A pedestrian skyway bridge connects the hotel to the entertainment, shopping and dining complex, giving guests easy access to entertainment, including music, street theater, boat rides, people watching and shopping. Kids can visit the Lego Imagination Center, with its Lego building stations.

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Staybridge Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista

Why it made the list

Just minutes from a Disney entrance, this pleasant all-suites (one- and two-bedroom, two-bath) accommodation is perfect for a big family on a small budget who want a home away from home. Shuttles take guests to the theme parks, and also to the nearby outlet malls, where brand names can be had for bargain prices.

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The Florida Hotel & Conference Center

Why it made the list

Midway between Orlando International Airport and I-Drive, and about 20 minutes from Disney, this hotel was built for shoppers who arrive ready to fill those suitcases with bargains. Directly connected to the upscale Florida Mall, which has seven major department stores and 250 specialty shops, the hotel is only a few minutes’ drive from the International Drive outlet mall.

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Castle Hotel, Autograph Collection

Why it made the list

A sophisticated refuge of white and silver, filled with art, this International Drive area hotel offers roof-top terrace views of Universal—and Hogwarts Castle—along with the nightly fireworks, and the 425-foot-tall Coca-Cola Orlando Eye observation wheel and its dining-and-entertainment complex. Pointe Orlando (a popular dining, entertainment, and shopping complex) is nearby.

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